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No 6434

Wednesday 27 July 2016

Vol cxlvi No 39

pp. 792–835



28 September, Wednesday. First ordinary issue of the Reporter in the academical year 2016–17.

1 October, Saturday. Michaelmas Term begins. Congregation of the Regent House at 9.30 a.m.: Vice-Chancellor’s address, and election and admission of the Proctors.

4 October, Tuesday. Full Term begins.

11 October, Tuesday. Discussion at 2 p.m. in the Senate-House (see below).

This is the last ordinary issue of the Reporter for the 2015–16 academical year. The first ordinary issue of the 2016–17 academical year is due for publication on 28 September 2016; however, if required, an earlier issue may be published on 21 September 2016 for the reporting of official University business only.

Notice of a Discussion on Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Vice-Chancellor invites those qualified under the regulations for Discussions (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 107) to attend a Discussion in the Senate-House on Tuesday, 11 October 2016, at 2 p.m. for the discussion of:

1. Twenty-first Report of the Board of Scrutiny, dated 21 June 2016 (Reporter, 6433, 2015–16, p. 776).

Notice of benefactions

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has accepted with gratitude the following benefactions, of which both the capital and the income may be used:

(i)a philanthropic grant of £1,142,713 from the MAVA Fondation pour la Nature, payable over five years, subject to annual renewal, to support the evidence-based conservation work of the Department of Zoology’s Conservation Evidence Programme;

(ii)two benefactions from the Monument Trust, one of £600,000 to support the Kettle’s Yard: Looking Ahead redevelopment approved by Grace 1 of 17 June 2015, and one of £90,000 to support bursaries for candidates for the M.B.A. Degree from the charitable and voluntary sectors;

(iii)a benefaction of £250,000 from Cambridge in America, payable over two years following donations from Mr David and Mrs Susan Hibbitt, to support the direct and indirect costs of a Head of Building and Estate Services in the Department of Engineering;

(iv)a benefaction of £250,000 from Miss Sarah Holt to support a Holt Clinical Research Fellowship for a Ph.D. candidate undertaking neurology research in the frontotemporal dementia (FTD) research group led by Professor James Rowe, Department of Clinical Neurosciences;

(v)a benefaction of £223,574 from the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan), payable over three years, to support a Lectorship in Chinese in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies over the same period;

(vi)bequests under the will of Mr John R. Shakeshaft, comprising £100,000 and a ceramic collection to the Fitzwilliam Museum, and £20,000 to the Cavendish Laboratory;

(vii)a benefaction of £105,000 from Baillie Gifford & Co, payable over three years, to provide studentships to candidates for Master’s degrees in any arts and humanities subject offered by the University over the same period;

(viii)a benefaction of £100,000 from the TTP Group PLC, payable over two years, to support the planning process for a new building for the Institute for Manufacturing;

(ix)a further philanthropic grant of £50,000 from the Arcadia Fund to support open access initiatives at the University Library.

The Vice-Chancellor has also accepted with gratitude a bequest of £149,871 under the will of Dr Thomas Desmond Hawkins, former Clinical Dean of the School of Clinical Medicine and former President of Hughes Hall, which is to be added to the Desmond Hawkins Award Fund (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 817).

Notice of a ballot on Grace 3 of 13 July 2016

22 July 2016

The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he has received a request for a vote on Grace 3 of 13 July 2016 regarding the public display of class-lists (Reporter, 6433, 2015–16, p. 783) from the following members of the Regent House:

D. S. H. Abulafia

D. Alexander

B. Allanach

J. A. D. Aston

C. J. M. Bell

Jake Bradley

C. J. B. Brookes

J. N. Butterfield

P. A. Cartledge

R. P. Cowburn

A. M. J. Dickens

J. A. Elliott

A. R. Fersht

J. D. Firth

M. Frasca-Spada

G. W. Gibbons

S. J. Godsill

Z. Hadzibabic

E. M. Harper

A. C. Harvey

R. D. Hedley

R. D. Holder

C. J. Howe

L. G. M. Kilbride

A. Komashie

M. H. Kramer

J. Lasenby

M. D. S. Lazarus

I. B. Leader

D. Liang

J. R. Lister

R. A. McMahon

J. A. Marenbon

J. E. Morgan

J. E. S. Moshenska

T. W. Robbins

M. J. Rutter

P. J. Sloman

Ivan Smith

M. C. Smith

R. J. Smith

F. M. Stajano

M. L. Sutherland

R. P. Tombs

D. Tong

P. G. Turner

S. J. Wadsley

J. I. Warren

J. Whaley

P. M. H. Wilson

M. B. Wingate

P. Wingfield

G. P. Winter

A. M. Young

A. Zsàk

The vote will be conducted by ballot under the Single Transferable Vote regulations (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 117). In connection with this ballot the Registrary will arrange for the circulation of any fly-sheet, signed by ten or more members of the Regent House, which reaches him by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 15 November 2016. Fly-sheets must bear, in addition to the signatures, the names and initials (in block capitals) of the signatories (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 112). Documents which are submitted by fax to 01223 (3)32332 or scanned documents containing a signature sent to the Registrary at will also be accepted. Online voting will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 28 November 2016 and close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 8 December 2016; fly-sheets will be available online. Hard-copy voting papers and fly-sheets will be distributed not later than Monday, 28 November 2016 to those who opted by 5 November 2016 to vote on paper; the last date for the return of voting papers will be 5 p.m. on Thursday, 8 December 2016.

Cambridge University Assistants’ Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS)

25 July 2016

Ordinance 5 for the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 153), and Rule 5 of the Scheme rules permit the rules of the Contributory Pension Scheme to be amended from time to time. Except where the amendment is required to ensure the Scheme’s continued approval by the Savings, Pensions, and Share Schemes Office of the Inland Revenue (now HM Revenue & Customs) such changes require the authority of a Grace.

Rule 5 of the rules of the CPS further provides that the University shall have the power to amend the rules of the Scheme from time to time provided that the changes have been approved by two-thirds of the Scheme’s Managing Committee. The proposed changes were considered and approved by the Committee on 29 April 2016 and by the Finance Committee of the Council on 6 July 2016.

The main changes concern death in service benefits, to provide for cases when a member is on unpaid sick leave, so that any lump sum death benefit payable will be based on the salary the member would have been receiving but for their absence. There are also some minor amendments to cover the death of a member while on maternity/paternity/parental leave. An explanatory note and the changes proposed are available at The current rules of the Scheme are available on the Pensions website at

The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 1, p. 820) for the approval of the amendments to the rules of the Cambridge University Assistants' Contributory Pension Scheme as set out at

Annual Reports

The following Annual Reports have been received by the Council or the General Board and are available on the websites indicated:

University Botanic Garden, Annual Report, 2014–15 (from the ‘About us’ tab)

Health and Safety Executive Committee, Annual Report, 2015

University Combination Room closure

The University Combination Room will be closed for annual maintenance for two weeks from Monday, 15 August 2016, reopening at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, 30 August 2016.